Currently being filmed in Vancouver, The Killing has the potential to be one of the most talked-about and obsessively followed new television dramas of the 2011 season. Inspired by the Danish sensation, Forbrydelsen, The Killing is a thriller about the murder of a teenage girl (sounds a little like Twin Peaks to me) and its effect upon the community. Forbrydelsen, by Scandinavian writer Soren Sveistrup is a hard-boiled thriller in the vign of crime novelists Henning Mankell and the late Stieg Larssonn's (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) work.
"Each episode will relate a single day in the life of the investigation, Sud revealed, "and the life of this family, and the life of a political campaign."
"The most important thing to me is not pornographize murder," Sud said. "I want to show the real cost ... when a child is lost. What you see on the screen, in the clips that are already out there, is incredibly graphic, and heartbreaking.
"But we're not spending time looking at a dead child's body and just analyzing that. We're spending time with all the people who have lost her, the impact of this loss on her mother, on her siblings, on her father.
Sud says she's still pinching herself that The Killing landed at AMC, "a network that's absolutely dedicated to slow-burn storytelling -- slow-burn in the sense that every moment doesn't have to be prettified or easy to digest. (From) character to everything that every writer dreams of, I've been given the ability and opportunity to really, really tell this story in a way that's authentic and true."